Louis van Gaal challenges his side to beat Man City
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal challenged his side to beat Manchester City next weekend to confirm their title credentials.
In a bullish post match interview following United's emphatic 3-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park, Van Gaal urged his side to confirm they are ready to match City and push for the Premier League crown.
"It is only one match. Also Arsenal is only one match. We don’t have to exaggerate," said Van Gaal after his side secured a win thanks to goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney.
"We have to be more consistent so next week when we win against Manchester City then we can say OK, now we think maybe about title aspirations. But of course we are always having the target of champions.
"That is of course important in our ambition but it also has to be real. It’s too early to talk about that."
Rooney moved to joint second alongside Andy Cole in the all-time list of Premier League goal scorers on 177 goals and will hope he can continue his scoring form against City next weekend.
United will head into the Manchester derby two points behind their neighbours, after City hammered Bournemouth 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
City were without injured duo Sergio Aguero and David Silva, but hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling shouldered the attacking responsibilities against a Cherries side suffering even worse fitness problems.
Wilfried Bony was also on target in either half, while Glenn Murray briefly gave his side hope at 2-1.
Manchester United kept within two points of their neighbours, Wayne Rooney capping a 3-0 win with his 187th Premier League goal.
Jurgen Klopp's hotly-awaited bow as Liverpool boss ended with a goalless draw at Tottenham.
The result might have swung either way, with Divock Origi heading against the crossbar for the Reds, whose goalkeeper Simon Mignolet needed to be at his best to maintain a clean sheet at the other end.
At Stamford Bridge, Diego Costa returned from suspension to ease the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho.
Costa netted both goals in a 2-0 win over struggling Aston Villa, trebling his league tally for the season.
The Sam Allardyce effect yielded no immediate rewards for Sunderland, who remain winless this term following a 1-0 loss at West Brom.
Saido Berahino's reintegration at the Hawthorns continued as he snaffled the ball from Costel Pantilimon's grasp to poke home the winner in the 54th minute.
West Ham scored twice in the closing moments to see off 10-man Crystal Palace and grab a fourth away win of the campaign.
The score was tied at 1-1 after Carl Jenkinson's opener and Yohan Cabaye's twice-taken penalty when Dwight Gayle collected a second yellow card just before half-time.
The Hammers' laboured without result until the 88th minute when Andy Carroll's knockdown was finished by Lanzini before Dimitri Payet made it 3-1.
Jamie Vardy's stellar start to the season continued as he hit the target twice to salvage a point for Leicester at Southampton.
Saints looked safe after first-half goals from defenders Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk, but the division's top-scorer made it nine for the season, pouncing in the 67th and 90th minutes.